- The Washington Times - Monday, March 31, 2014

Nate Silver, the former New York Times statistician and darling of the Democrats who recently angered liberals by predicting big wins for the Republicans in 2014, has now lost a little bit more of luster from the left.

He’s issued an apology of sorts for a post on his personal website written by a freelancer that seemed to question climate change, Fox News reported.

The piece, written by Colorado professor Roger Pielke, downplayed the impact of climate change by arguing that while weather-related disaster clean-up costs are escalating, that’s only due to the growing wealth of the world at-large.

Mr. Silver quickly backtracked.

He said: “Reception to the article ran about 80 percent negative in the comments section and on social media. A reaction like that compels us to think carefully about the piece and our editorial process. Roger’s article also contained an implicit policy recommendation in its closing paragraph. … [and] we generally prefer to avoid these kind of recommendations, and instead allow readers to draw any policy conclusions for themselves. Furthermore, there was some loose language in the article. … These things reflect a poor job of editing on our part.”

Mr. Silver said he’s put out the call for a rebuttal piece, but it could take a while for the post to be ready. Still, he reminded that “Roger is a freelance contributor and his private communications do not represent FiveThirtyEight,” HuffPost reported.



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